Unlocked access for PayPal after registering with Indonesia license rules

American payment company PayPal has registered as an electronic systems operator in Indonesia and its customers can now access its services, the company said.

PayPal was one of several websites Indonesia blocked over the weekend for failing to comply with new licensing rules.

The companies have been given a July deadline to register under new rules that would allow authorities to compel platforms to release certain user data and remove content deemed illegal or ‘disturbing public order’ in four hours in an emergency, 24 hours otherwise.

Johnny G. Plate, Indonesian Minister of Communications, urged people to avoid using unregistered services “to minimize losses that may be incurred if illegal acts occur in these private services”.

The Ministry of Communications said it also unblocked access to services from the Yahoo search engine and video game company Valve company after saying he blocked them on Saturday.

The new licensing rules have sparked controversy as activists and the public fear the government is controlling social media content.

Although licensing rules were first introduced in 2020, companies like Meta Platforms Inc and its units – which include instagram and WhatsApp, as well as Alphabet Inc’s Google, registered hours or days before the late July deadline. Spotify, Netflix and ByteDance‘s TikTok also signed up.

With a young and tech-savvy population of 270 million, Indonesia is one of the top 10 markets in terms of user numbers for a host of social media companies.

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